Hello, my name is Laura and I’m a stationery addict… and a chronic list writer… and a crazy planner (who often ends up having to keep moving my plans to the next day and the next because… life!)
When I found out about Personal Planner it was like someone had answered all my dreams at once. I spend So long looking for the perfect diary, a couple of months ago, but it turns you don’t Need to find the perfect diary anymore, if you get a Personal Planner you can just make it in to your perfect diary yourself!
And here’s the beauty that is my Blog Planner for next year! (Actually I was too impatient and started it early so it’ll be a year from now, oops!). I have one of the large planners (which comes in at £21.95) and, as you can see, it definitely lives up to that name – It’s wide, and thick, and it’s got this really strong, good quality feel and a really nice weight to it (yes, weight matters in these things).
I opted to have one of the pictures of some of the flowers that my Mum made for the wedding, as my cover, and I think it works really, really well. You can also decide on the font you have on there; I put my font at the bottom corner as I didn’t want it to detract from the image, and I made it a little transparent as I thought it was still readable but not too in your face. The grey is because I’ve gone for grey and pink on the inside.
If you don’t have a picture that you love, for the cover, then there’s a number of patterns and designs available during set-up, which mean that you can go for something simpler if you do wish.
If you were wondering why my picture was so muted and blurry… this looks better? The diary comes with a plastic sheet as an additional cover which keeps your image safe and, also, adds to that quality feeling that I mentioned earlier. The image is on glossy, almost photographic paper – It definitely needs that added protective layer but makes for a beautiful way to cover your planner.
See, there’s that pink and grey I mentioned, I think it goes nicely. If you were thinking that choosing your own cover was how you personalised this little beauty then you’re in for a surprise. You can personalise So much of the inside too. As well as the design on the front of the planner you can pick a theme to run through the inside of the book, see the pink birds at the top?
You can pick how you have these pages set up, too. They can be vertical (as I have) or horizontal – I opted to have mine vertical as, that way, I could pick the timetable to fill it in; the hourly breakdown means I can plan much more easily when I have a busy blog day, or when things need to happen more specifically. But you might want to leave it a blank column, or just have ruled lines down it instead.
My only, only, qualm with the Personal Planners
is that the timetable starts at 6am – I’m very lucky in that I do not get up at 6am, and even if I did it’d be for childy stuff, the things I want to plan out don’t start until 9, it’d be Really nice to be able to pick what hour it started at. Having been a bit of a night owl, I prefer to start my day later and then be productive longer in to the evening (at least I used to, recently I struggle to do much after Ethan’s gone to bed, but I’m hoping to get back in to productive mode at some point!) But, as far as qualms go, it’s not a biggun’ and Azii even suggested that if I did start being productive again I could carry each day over and use the 6, 7 and 8am slots, for the following day, for midnight and onwards… that said I need my sleep So much more these days that this may not be a necessity (I really, really miss my times of being a night owl)
As well as deciding how to fill the columns you can also personalise how the little modules at the bottom are used – I went for rules lines as it gives me the freedom to use however I want but you can pick from things like a dinner planner, an exam timetable or even music script so you can pen in a tune! Rather random but really quite cool for those who’re musically inclined. There’s three modues, you can see just one of mine next to the little purple headed calendar, the other two are on the previous page and you can have something different in each module. When we’ve our own place I’d have loved to have a dinner planner in there, and then two blank modules… maybe another year!
And, as if all of that wasn’t enough! You can also add in a little weather tick box on each day which allows you to plot the weather throughout the week, there’s a ‘workout’ addition and there’s a ‘work’ one; if you see at the bottom of my columns there’s a little square and in there I can put the hours that Azii works which helps us keep track of things.
One detail that I didn’t go for, but would have been great, is that you can make an account and upload you personal dates to remember (birthdays, anniversaries etc) and they can be printed in when your book gets printed, how awesome is that!
It’s all about the little details with these planners – Each month has a little colour coded calendar which shows which week you’re in, and that same colour corresponds with the month written at the very edge of the page; this block of colour can be seen from the side which means you can always remember which pages to go to, based on that.
You can also pick things like the colour of the ruler that you get included (I went for grey, as pink was the overriding colour on the pages and that helps out the balance) and you an pick the colour of the elastic which will hold the book closed for you.
Lastly there’s a number of pages at the back of the planner – An 8 page section and a 10 page section. There’s masses of options for what you can have printed on these pages from an address book, maps, sheet music or sudokus and much more. I went for 10 pages of lined paper and 8 pages of colouring book, how cute is that! I’d like to say that the colouring pages are for if I got stuck somewhere with Ethan but odds are they’ll be coloured in by me; I used to colour in loads as it’s really soothing but my hands haven’t been up to it for a while (though, when they are, you know these pages are going to get some love)
So…. how amazing are these planners?! You can, really, personalise all the little details; no worrying about finding a diary/planner that is already made that suits you, you can just design your own. They’re not cheap but I know a lot of us will be willing to invest in a good diary, anyway, when you have to plan your whole life to a tiny detail you want to do it well. As such I think these are an absolutely amazing investment; I get the feeling that once I’ve got in to the swing of using this baby I’m not going to have a clue how I lived without it!
And if you want to find out how one will fit in to your life…. well this could be your lucky week! I have a giveaway which will give you the chance to win one of these yourself! Just in time for Christmas, or the start of the new year, you’ll be able to customise a planner and go to town with all the features, work out the best lay out for you, pick a good image, the lot (Honestly, it takes a while to go through and make your planner, and it takes a while for it to be made, and sent, but is worth it go get something that’s totally yours!)
As always, use the rafflecopter below (I believe the issues with RA have been ironed out, if you have any problems entering please tweet me @petitmoi_laura ) and I’ll see if there’s owt I can do.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
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